Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Capt. Charles “Chuck” Brewington died in a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) accident on Saturday evening in Fort White.
According to a CCSO release, it was confirmed by the law enforcement agency that Brewington—who had been with the department since 1991—died on Saturday evening when driving his UTV. Brewington was assigned to the Judicial Services Division where he oversaw the security operations at the courthouse.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) release, the accident occurred on SW Illinois Street in Fort White around 10:32 p.m., when the UTV overturned and partially ejected Brewington. The FHP is investigating the incident.
“We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of a dear friend and co-worker,” said Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter in a statement. “We appreciate Captain Brewington’s long record of service to our community. We ask that the community keep his family and co-workers in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to deal with this tremendous loss.”
The CCSO’s Facebook post about Brewington’s death sparked an outpouring of community support.
“Captain Brewington was an amazing person with an amazing family,” posted Juan Cruz. “He was my Captain when I was C.I.D. He cared about everyone and was always willing to help anyone in need with and without the uniform. He was someone you can ask for advice and comfort.”
In the first 24 hours after the post, it received more than 600 likes, more than 200 comments and more than 300 shares.
“So very sorry to learn this,” posted James Grimes. “Chuck was an absolute great man. Friendly, supportive, and compassionate. It was my honor to call him friend during my years at the Sheriff’s office. Praying that God will cover his family with comfort and wisdom during this sad time.”
Some of the comments came from other law enforcement agencies in the region, including the High Springs and Alachua police departments and the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.
“The High Springs Police Department extends our deepest sympathy,” the department posted. “Capt. Brewington was a good friend of the High Springs Police Department.”
The funeral service for Brewington will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Hopeful Baptist Church located at 289 SE Hopeful Dr. in Lake Ciy.
Editor’s note: This story was updated with the funeral information.